Growing your own potatoes not a difficult project
POTATOES are one of the world’s most grown and most popular vegetable, and there are two reasons for this; one is that they are easy to grow and two, is that they are yummy to eat.
You can buy seed potatoes from the garden centre at this time of the year, as they like it a bit cooler and not so wet as our summer months can be.
Seed potatoes are potatoes that have been certified disease free so they are safe to grow in your vegetable garden.
Check your potatoes and see which ones have little shoots coming out of them, these are the ones that you plant first and then you can plant some more every few weeks, this way you will have potatoes ready to eat for many months.
Find a sunny spot that has high in composted material, or the mix that I love is one bag of Searles compost, one bag of cow manure and a couple of handfuls of garden mate.
Dig this in with your existing soil and you’re ready to plant. Do not put in any dolomite or lime.
Plant your potatoes about 200mm deep and 300mm apart. The plant will emerge from the ground in about a week or so and you will be able to dig them up in a few months.
To take up less space, you can grow them in a potato sack, ask at the garden shop to show you how.
POPULAR POTATOES: The easy-to-grow vegetable is popular.